Faculty/Staff Directory

Back to Search


View All Faculty/Staff (By Name)


View All Faculty/Staff (By Department)

Doug Graber Neufeld

POSITION: Professor of Biology; Director - Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions

School of Sciences, Engineering, Art and Nursing
Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions
Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 026C

PHONE: (540) 432-4401

EMAIL: neufeldd@emu.edu

Click here for Research and Course Webpages

At EMU, Doug works primarily with the Environmental Sustainability program at EMU, with a concentration in issues that relate to environmental monitoring and toxicology. He coteaches the first year "Organismal Biology" course, along with a variety of courses related to environmental issues (such as Environmental Risk and Policy, Environmental Ethics, Natural History of the Shenandoah Valley). He has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in environmental physiology, and worked at the University of Arizona and the University of Otago (New Zealand) before coming to EMU. He served a two year term with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Cambodia, were he worked on environmental issues through the Royal University of Agriculture and the Royal University of Phnom Penh. More recently, he served another two year term with MCC, as water & livelihoods advisor in Kenya, splitting his time between WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs in informal settlements (“slums”) of Nairobi, and water provision and conservation agriculture projects in ASAL (arid and semi-arid lands) regions of eastern Kenya. For 6 years, Doug was Director of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (now the Anabaptist Climate Collaborative). Doug lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Cristina, and two sons, Alex and Evan. They enjoy many outdoors activities, and take as many opportunities as possible to go camping and traveling.

Doug’s research at EMU is in collaboration with students and includes projects:
- Water monitoring assessing stream health in local watersheds, and the effects of stream restoration
- Using environmental DNA to assess salamander poplutions
- Surveying attitudes and practices of climate change within Anabaptist communities 
- Assessing the effectiveness of sand dams in semi-arid regions of Kenya
- Assessing pesticides in market vegetables using a novel combination of techniques


PHD, University of Texas at Austin (Biological Sciences)
BA, Tabor College (Biology)

visit graphicVisit
apply graphicApply